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Transcript of S.A.D.D.
Students Against Destructive Decisions was originally to help young people say no to drinking and driving, but now it has become a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.
Drinking and Driving
-A young person’s brain and body are still growing. Drinking alcohol can cause learning problems or lead to adult alcoholism. In 2012, adults who had taken their first drink before age 15 were seven times more likely to experience alcohol problems as those who had not started drinking before age 21.1
-Teen alcohol use kills about 4,700 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined.
-More than 1/5 of youth begin drinking before age 13
-People ages 12 to 20 drink 11% of all the alcohol consumed in the U.S.
-In 2000, about 1,561 youth under the age of 18 were arrested for homicide.
-In 2000, nine percent of the murders in the United States were committed by persons under the age of 18.
-One in ten teens arrested has been engaging in a violent activity that could have resulted in the serious injury or the death of another person.
-Every day, almost 3,900 children under the age of 18 try their first cigarette.
-Children are more likely to do drugs if their parents also do it.
Teens Against Destructive Decisions
-Suicide takes the lives of nearly 40,000 Americans each year.
- For young people ages 15-24, suicide is the second leading cause of death.
-According to the Violent Death Reporting System, in 2004 73% of suicides also tested positive for at least one substance (alcohol, cocaine, heroin, or marijuana).
-Outward Bound is a great program that teaches troubled youth how to work together and get back on the right track. Just go to www.outwardbound.org
-OK2SAY is a program designed to empower Michigan students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, and law enforcement to share and respond to student safety threats.
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